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from the Archdiocese of Seattle Liturgy Office  
Lent and Holy Week 2019
Make a Retreat this Lent

The Archbishop Brunett Retreat Center at the Palisades  in Federal Way is sponsoring a number of retreats this Lent.

March 6-8
Lenten Silent Retreat
Mass, Adoration, and Confession available.

March 22-24
Seeing the Extraordinary in the Ordinary
(Women's Lenten Retreat)
Presenter: Fr. Richard De Lillio, OSFS

April 12-14
Entering into Holy Week
(Palm Sunday Retreat)
Presenter: Deacon Owen Cummings

April 15-17
Holy Week Silent Retreat
(Men and Women's Silent Retreat)
Presenter: Fr. Caleb Insco, FSSP

Visit the Palisades Retreat Center website for more information on these and all of their retreats for this year.


Junior High Encounter

Saturday, March 9

O'Dea High School, Seattle



Visit the Catholic Relief Services Lenten Rice Bowl website which includes informative liturgical resources, free materials, Stations of the Cross, a Lenten digital retreat and much more.

Time of the Easter Vigil

"The entire celebration of the Easter Vigil must take place during the night, so that it begins after nightfall and ends before daybreak on the Sunday." (Roman Missal, The Easter Vigil in the Holy Night, 3)


This rule is to be taken according to its strictest sense. The Easter Vigil may not be celebrated
at the time of day that it is customary to celebrate anticipated Sunday Masses.

The Bishops' Committee on Liturgy (BCL) Newsletter, March 2001, states the Easter Vigil "is to take place in darkness." 

The Easter Vigil in the Holy Night may begin no earlier than 8:30 pm throughout the Archdiocese of Seattle, allowing for the new fire to break the darkness of night. (Roman Missal, Easter Vigil, 3). 


Optional Memorial of Pope Saint Paul VI

May 29

T he Decree of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments dated January 25, 2019, by which Pope Francis has established that the
Optional Memorial of Pope Saint Paul VI be inserted into the General Roman Calendar, to be observed on May 29.

At present, there are no approved English or Spanish texts for the celebration. 

Appropriate texts from the 
Common of Pastors: For a Pope  may be used at Mass and in the  Liturgy of the Hours

More information will be provided on the USCCB website at:


Living The Pillars of Lent
During the season of Lent, Christians are called to deeper conversion and acts of penance. As the Catechism of the Catholic Church notes, "Scripture and the Fathers insist above all on three forms, fasting, prayer, and almsgiving, which express conversion in relation to oneself, to God, and to others." (CCC 1434)

[On the Northwest Catholic website] you'l l find suggestions for living out these "pillars of Lent" during each of the six weeks leading up to the commemoration of Christ's passion, death and resurrection. Archbishop J. Peter Sartain has provided the suggestions for prayer. The reflections on fasting come from Patrick Sharkey, director of the Archbishop Brunett Retreat Center at the Palisades; suggestions for almsgiving were compiled by Northwest Catholic staff.

Visit the Northwest Catholic website to view the full article and read more about the pillars of Lent.
Article copyright. Reprinted here with permission of Northwest Catholic .

Fasting and Abstinence
Fasting, almsgiving, and prayer are the three traditional disciplines of Lent. The faithful and catechumens should undertake these practices seriously in a spirit of penance and of preparation for Baptism or of renewal of Baptism at Easter. (Code of Canon Law, 1249-1252)

Ash Wednesday, March 6, and Good Friday, April 19, are days of fast and abstinence. Fridays of Lent are also days of abstinence.   
Fasting is to be observed by all eighteen years of age and older, who have not yet celebrated their sixtieth birthday. On a fast day one full meal is allowed. Two other meals, sufficient to maintain strength, may be taken according to each one's needs, but together they should not equal another full meal. Eating between meals is not permitted, but liquids, including milk and juices, are allowed.  
Abstinence is observed by all fourteen years of age and older. On days of abstinence no meat is allowed. Note that when health or ability to work would be seriously affected, the law does not oblige. When in doubt concerning fast and abstinence, the parish priest should be consulted.  
Virtual Workshops

Liturgy Training Publications' Virtual Workshops™ implement state-of-the-art technologies to bring convenient, expert training to pastoral ministers around the country. Informed by the adult education methods proven successful in live workshops, LTP's Virtual Workshops™ offer liturgical ministers, catechists, and parish staffs access to engaging, professional presentations from the comfort of their home, office, or parish center.

Through the Adobe Connect platform, participants gather virtually for 90 minutes of training, dialogue, and reflection. Unlike most webinars, LTP's Virtual Workshops™ invite participants to engage with the presenter and one another as they provide feedback, reflect on the topic at hand, and discuss strategies for increased engagement in their ministry. All Virtual Workshops™ utilize several multimedia components at once, including videos, presentation slides, chat boxes, downloads, external links, discussion boards, and polls.

The list of Virtual Workshops™ includes both past sessions and workshops now open for registration. To contract a customized Closed Session of any of the workshops, please email

Some of the many workshop topics include:

  • An Introduction to the RCIA
  • Preparing Triduum
  • Eucharistic Spirituality
  • Children's Liturgy of the Word in your Parish Community
  • Celebrating Lent and Easter in your Classroom
  • Preparation Skills for the Experienced Lector
  • Decorating the Church through the Seasons
  • Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
  • Techniques for Effective Proclaiming 

Liturgical Music Opportunities
I Will Bring you Home:
Songs of Prayer, Stories of Faith
Concert and Book Tour  
Join David Haas for this extraordinary event. David will take you on a musical journey of songs and reflections born from over 40 years of liturgical composition.

Friday, March 1 at 7:30pm
St. Patrick Catholic Church
2702 Broadway E; Seattle, WA 98102

Adults $10 pre-sale / $12 at the door
Children 12 and under $5
Please register at 

View the full flyer for more information.

Checks may be made payable to St. Patrick Church and either mailed to the parish or paid at the door.
Email Laura Ash with any questions.

Catholic singer and songwriter Audrey Assad will be at St. Michael Catholic Church in Olympia on Friday, March 22nd. 

Visit the event website for more information. 

Relic of St. Jean Vianney's Incorrupt Heart
The incorrupt heart of St. Jean Vianney will be visiting the Archdiocese of Seattle, at St. Benedict Catholic Church (1805 N 49th St, Seattle) 

Saturday, March 9 from 9:00am - 9:00pm.
The Shrine of Ars, France, has made this major relic available for a national tour in the U.S. The Knights of Columbus is hosting this tour and welcomes this special opportunity to offer for veneration this relic of the patron of parish priests, whose holiness and integrity is a model for clergy and laity alike.

A Mass with Bishop Daniel Mueggenborg will begin at 9:00 AM, followed by veneration until 9:00 PM. 

Rosary at 11:00 AM, Divine Mercy Chaplet at 3:00 PM, and Liturgy of the Hours at Noon, 5:00 PM, and 8:30 PM. We will pray for vocations in English every hour on the hour (vocation prayer cards will be available in Spanish, Vietnamese, Korean, Tagalog, Indonesian, Asian Indian, Chamorro, Samoan, and Tongan).

For more information about St. Jean Vianney and the relic tour, please visit

Way of the Cross
In praying the Way of the Cross, we are called to make a connection between our suffering and the suffering of Jesus. Pope John Paul II often preached on suffering and the Way of the Cross. During the Pope's 1998 visit to Cuba, he met with the sick and the elderly at the Shrine of Saint Lazarus at El Rincon, La Habana. 
Addressing the gathering he said, "To our human questioning, the Lord responds with a call, with a special vocation which is grounded in love. Christ comes to us not with explanations and reasons, which might either, anesthetize or alienate us. Instead, he comes to us saying, 'Come with me. Follow me on the Way of the Cross.' " Christ suffered first. He does not drive us towards suffering but shares it with us, wanting us to have life and to have it in abundance" (see John 10:10). 

Praying the Way of the Cross is one example of our journey through life, where we can conform ourselves to the Passion of Christ and thus take up our cross and follow after Christ (see Luke 9:23).

Mark your Calendars
Various parishes throughout the first two weeks of Lent.
"The Rite of Election, marked with a rite of such solemnity,
is the focal point of the Church's concern
for the catechumens" (RCIA 121).
Free parking for both instances of the Rite of Election at St. James Cathedral will be available at the Cabrini Medical Tower, across the street from O'Dea High School.

View the full calendar on the Liturgy Office website.
Thursday, April 11 at 7pm, St. James Cathedral in Seattle. 

One of the most significant archdiocesan liturgies when Archbishop Sartain will bless and consecrate the sacramental oils to be used throughout the year and priests will publicly renew their priestly promises.

Free parking for the Chrism Mass will be available at the Cabrini Medical Tower, across the street from O'Dea High School.

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